The world’s total cellular containership fleet has passed 23 million TEU for the first time, according to shipping experts Alphaliner.
It has been widely reported that the milestone was reached following the arrival of two mega-containerships delivered to MSC, the second-largest carrier in the world by market share, on September 11, 2019.
The last TEU milestone came in July 2018 when the global fleet surpassed 22 million. The news comes following a significant drive by some of the world’s largest carriers to further expand their fleets.
In August 2019, Port Technology reported on the launching of the MSC Gulsun, to date the largest containership ever built with a capacity of 23,756 TEU, when it begun its maiden voyage from China to Europe.
During the voyage it broke the vessel utilization record at the Port of Tanjung Pelepas, Malaysia, whose CEO Marco Neelsen will speak at Port Technology’s Smart Digital Ports of the Future conference.